NEW DELHI: As social reformer Anna Hazare begins his indefinite hunger strike in Delhi from Friday, the Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory, warning commuters not to take crowded routes to avoid traffic jams. Commuters have been asked to avoid going towards Aruna Asaf Ali Road, Delhi Gate, Darya Ganj, New Delhi Railway Station, Ajmeri Gate, Paharganj, ITO, Rajghat, Minto Road, Vivekanand Marg, and JLN Marg.
Delhi Police said that they gave the permission to the social activist to start his protest after checking all security aspects and making adequate arrangements.
Hazare and his supporters will first visit the Rajghat from Maharastra Sadan to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. They will then march to Shaheedi Park to pay tribute to martyrs and then proceed to Ramlila Maidan where he held a massive protest and hunger strike against corruption in 2011.
Ahead of the protest, Hazare on Friday blamed the Central government for cancelling trains in which the protestors were heading to Delhi. "You cancelled trains carrying protesters to Delhi, you want to push them to violence. Police force deployed for me as well. I wrote in many letters that I don't need police protection. Your protection won't save me. This sly attitude of the government is not done," Hazare claimed.
Hazare has been accusing the Centre of not appointing the Lokpal to investigate the cases of corruption, despite having a law in place.
March 23 has been chosen as the date to begin the fast as Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged to death on this day by the British. The organisers are claiming that thousands of people will attend the protest.